This unit involves student learning, practice, and reinforcement of multiple fabrication skills and tools to create personalized checker boards. The student will practice and develop skills surrounding 3D printing, laser cutting, casting and molding, design, problem-solving, and much more. The unit involves multiple lessons and support documents.
Teacher will need to teach students Inkscape, laser cutting, 3D printing, Casting and Modeling with each of the attached lesson plans and provided presentations. The teacher can also add learning lessons over time to check for understanding. For example, the students can use a CAD software to 3D print a personal project and design a laser cut bookmark. They can use Inkscape and a laser cut to show their understanding of the topics, skills, and equipment. It is important to teach, review and reinforce all safety procedures for using all equipment and materials. This is a middle school project. Students will document their work from beginning to end, as well as reflect on it using their digital portfolio (google site) with images, files, videos, and written reflections/explanations.
Materials attachment: CheckerboardUnitMaterials.pdf
Digital Fabrication Equipment Details
Molding and Casting Equipment
Design Files attachment: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3tPBZnliO7bNDJaaWJFZUh3UU0
(3D Printed Checker build project: 3-5 days)
90 minutes to 3 hours
TEACHER’S NOTE: Helpful links for students:
TEACHER NOTE: When starting with a hard object, students need rubber mold for casting. When starting with a soft object, students need hard mold for casting.
90 minutes - 3 Hours
TEACHER NOTE: It is Important that students understand how to cut out (stroke style 0.001) the checkerboard and get the right dimensions for it as well as the workplane. Recommend that students bring in wood no thicker than .25 inches thick. Ideally this should be 1⁄8 inches thick. Students may also use cardboard for the project.